The Unexpected Champion
A new release this month
I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER!
The third book in the High Sierra Sweethearts Series
And it’s a fun one.
What I want to talk about today is a Pinkerton agent.
I’ve wanted to include a Pinkerton agent in a book for a long time and finally I get a chance in
The Unexpected Champion.
What was really fun was taking a guy who’s pretty smooth, very competent and skilled and throwing him in deep water in a world he knows nothing about.
Then challenging him to be a good guy even when a woman is taking charge and bossing him around. They are kidnapped, taken blindfolded and, in John’s case, unconscious, into the wilderness. Then, in the course of escaping they go over a cliff, down a river and have to hide for a while.
Then a fierce thunderstorm wipes out all their tracks and the tracks of the kidnapper. They are so lost.
One of my favorite lines in the book was when Penny thinks through their ordeal in the wilderness (she’s skilled there, he’s not) and remembers that whenever things would get really tough…as they got completely lost in the mountains and forest and it takes her a week to find a town…that John would on occasion start whining and complaining about the rugged conditions just to cheer her up.
While they’re out there, all he can do is follow. But they finally fight their way back to civilization and all of a sudden this guy emerges. A tough guy who declares to Penny NO ONE is going to kidnap him, assault a woman in his presence, threaten them both…and walk away.
She’s been mostly concerned with survival, John is interested in catching and punishing a bad guy.
Now he’s in charge. His Pinkerton detective skills lead them to the sprawling boomtown Virginia City, Nevada. Well, Penny has no idea how to track a killer on a busy street.
But John does.
Now he’s in charge and Penny’s being dragged along.
Through their adventures they learn to respect each other. Penny learns that not being able to skin a rabbit or follow a wagon track, doesn’t make a man a failure. And John, well, John has no use for a trouser wearing wild woman. Except he’s gotten mighty fond of Penny while they’re been stuck together.
And to go home to Philadelphia without her sounds worse than staying in the wild west. But only a little bit worse.
They are torn between their opposite lives and their respect and attraction for each other.
And meanwhile a killer is still coming.
The Unexpected Champion.
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Tell me about your spring weather.
Never has My Cowboy worked SO HARD to get through a calving season.
Usually for a couple of super bitter cold weeks he does a nighttime check to find baby calves.
This year he’s been at it for nearly TWO MONTHS. Every night.
The cold is finally broken, the snow is melting…and here come the floods. How is spring in your part of the world?
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